Cruz Azul sit second in the Liga MX Apertura ahead of Week 14, but defeat at home to Tigres has the potential to knock Robert Siboldi’s men out of the top four for the first time since early August.
La Maquina were sitting pretty as league leaders until late September, but a run of two matches without a win has left their circuits scrambled in an effort to keep touch at the top.
Tigres make the trip to Mexico City ranked fifth in the table and three points behind Cruz Azul, but a superior goal difference means victory on Saturday would move them above their hosts.
The matchup will go ahead despite each club returning three positive coronavirus tests, though it’s uncertain how many of those pertain to playing staff, per ESPN FC’s Tom Marshall:
What TV Channel is Cruz Azul-Tigres on?
Tune into Cruz Azul vs. Tigres using TUDN or Univision at 10 p.m. ET. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
A run of four consecutive wins has put Tigres in good stead to lobby for a top-four spot at just the right time this season. Manager Ricardo Ferretti has won four Apertura titles at the club to date, and his chances of a fifth all of a sudden look a lot stronger after mustering just two victories across the first nine matchdays.
Cruz Azul’s form may have dipped, but the Estadio Azteca remains a fortress for the side, who dropped home points for the first time this season when they hosted America on September 28. Tigres are unbeaten in three matches on the road (one win, two draws), but failure to beat Siboldi’s side in seven meetings could see them struggle to extend that away streak.
How to Watch Cruz Azul vs. Tigres
When: Saturday, October 17
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Time: 10 p.m. ET
TV: TUDN, Univision
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Fans will look forward to further fireworks between these teams after the Copa por Mexico semi-finals provided plenty back in July. Cruz Azul came out on top of a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes, though the full-time whistle didn’t signal an end to the drama:
Uruguayan attacker Nicolas Lopez has been a key figure in Tigres’ rise up the Apertura ranks, making his 2020-21 debut in Week 8 and having at least one direct goal involvement in each of his five appearances (four goals, two assists).
That being said, it’s Ferretti’s defense that’s arguably come into a class of its own of late, with Tigres failing to concede in more than 360 minutes. That record poses poor omens for a Cruz Azul team that last scored in Week 11 and is desperate to regain past form.